Offering gin to Queen Pele, not looking at the night march, not plucking red Lehua flowers … are strange and interesting legends that you will hear when visiting the island of Hawaii.
Offering gin to Queen Pele
Do not look at the crew at night
Be careful if you plan to walk or go for a night walk. At that time, ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors parade and roam the island to revisit the old battlefield. If you hear chanting, drums, parade or see a flashlight, it’s best to stay home or lie still. If you look them in the eye, you’ll die or have to follow them.
But if it’s an ancestral march then that’s okay.
Do not pluck the red Lehua flowers
Ohia is the first plant to grow among the lava rocks, but you must not break the red flowers because both the tree and the flower are rooted in ancient Hawaii legends.
Ohia and Lehua are a couple of talented boys and girls on the island. But one day, Pele meets Ohia and wants to keep for herself but is rejected by him. So Pele turned Ohia into an ugly tree and ignored her begging. However, the other gods pity Lehua and they turn Lehua into a beautiful red flower on the Ohia tree so that the lovebirds can be together forever.
Legend has it that, if the flower is still on the branch, it will be sunny. But when the flowers leave the tree, it will rain like Lehua’s tears when leaving Ohia.